Colossians 3:12-17 "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Reflection. This is one of those passages to read, re-read and read again. Let's pick out some key words:
Add to these forgiveness and bearing with one another. And there is more and greater: clothe yourselves with love - above all.
And more still:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
And even more:
Have wisdom and gratitude in your hearts.
Sing hymns and psalms.
Do it all in the name of Jesus.
Prayer. Wow, Jesus. Thank you for your servant Paul and all he teaches us. May your Holy Spirit guide us as we live for you today. Amen.